I am going to do a series of drawings of the sections of the subject of the bridge and architectural features from Ex 2 from project 5 (townscape study in line) as my tutor suggested using pencil, grey marker pens and possibly white ink or gouache. Here I will explore a more abstract approach, the structure, its form and space. To answer the question: Can abstract with a fusion of lines and marks be as interesting as a representational narrative?
My tutor suggested to explore the idea of composition and subject (in a less controlled manner) of Brooks Salzwedel, an Californian based artist who works in graphite, charcoal, resin, tape mostly on mylar that gives a certain translucency and depth to his landscapes.
My contextual work in series of my subject from Project 5, Ex2:
- To dig deeper into works from one artist and to take those ideas into my own works helps to stay interrogate the space around my subject deeper.
- To work in series allowed me to investigate and interrogate the space around the bridge and the architectonical features at the port deeper.
- The combination of graphite pencils and grey marker pens alongside with white gouache allowed me to create texture and atmosphere. Something I would like to work on further.
- Where I wanted a darker tonal value I went for marker pens, as graphite is still too light and with a silver tone that I do not liked so much.
- I felt stronger where my strokes went looser (drawing 10 or 11).
- Overall, I enjoyed this additional and quite experimental work. I helped me to work out of my sketchbook, still at rather small scale, but with more interrogative and free strokes compared to some works in previous exercises.
- Working in square format allowed me gong beyond restrictions of landscape or portrait format in discovery the space while drawing.
Additional thoughts based on my tutor’s feedback
- Question: When is it a sketch, a study, and a finished drawing? What makes the difference?
- Mark making: Using a ruler and pencil for markings (I’ve never done this before) instead of white and dark ink marks (giving the perception of hard surface like metal)
Reference: Visual research Brook Salzwedel
- Brooks Salzwedel, 2012-2013
Graphite, charcoal, watercolor, tape, resin, mylar
(Online images) Available from: http://www.brookssalzwedel.com/portfolio.html (all accessed 25 June 2015)
Salzwedel uses mylar to convey a certain translucent effect and creates by that visual depth. The subject is placed in a kind of foggy atmosphere with very limited marks created in such areas. On to of the mylar surface are the foreground objects (mostly trees) drawn with a kind of silhouette effect. I assume drawn on the backside of the translucent mylar support are drawn in pencil or charcoal the middle ground objects (bridge, electrical pole). In ‘Atop‘ Salzwedel adds in watercolor some color swaps to enhance the atmospheric perception. It is not so clear how he uses tape in these drawings. For framing?
Overall these works remind me of some works on large scale from Jenny Saville that I’ve seen during a previous visit to the Kunsthaus Zurich. Her works are figurative and depicting the subject of mother and child. She did in the past some works like Salzwedel on a translucent support but moved on than to create similar effects on canvas only.